Response from Goyang
We have received the response below from the city of Goyang’s Agricultural Technology Center, Agricultural Product Distribution Department regarding our campaigns/petitions:
This Illegal Dog Meat Farm Slaughters Dogs Raised In Homes! Help Shut Them Down!
Goyang Ilsanseo-gu, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants.
Goyang Ilsandong-gu, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants.
Goyang Deokyang-gu, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants.
In summary, they state that they have done, and will do, nothing to end the horrific cruelty of the dog meat industry. Their response is unbelievably callous.
Before you buy a product from Samsung, Hyundai, Kia, or LG, or visit Korea and spend your hard-earned money there, please remember how the Korean government is supporting criminals in the cruel dog meat industry by turning a blind eye to the unimaginable suffering of millions of sentient animals.
Response from city of Goyang:
[Response Date]: 2019-04-30 09:04:54
[Respondent]: Dong-Hwan Kim
[Response]: 1. I wish you happiness and joy in your family.
2. You have inquired about the dog meat culture in Korea. It is difficult to control the food culture by law. In the meantime, the perception of animal protection is changing and the law is continuously being amended. We will actively take measures to protect animals according to the Animal Protection Law.
3. We would like to express our deepest gratitude for your valuable comments. If you have any further questions, please contact the Agricultural Product Distribution Department (☎031-8075-4604). End.
Let’s keep taking actions until this dog farm shuts down.
Our campaign is effective because now they are aware that the eyes of the world are watching what’s going on in their city’s dog meat industry and bring this issue the attention and action from their government. Let’s keep up the pressure by taking action!
Below is our comments on the satisfaction survey regarding their response:
We are not satisfied with the response to our petition, due to the following key reasons:
it fails to substantiate and evidence what direct actions the city of Goyang is taking to enforce existing laws to disrupt the entrenched dog meat trade in South Korea. We have not been provided, in this response, with any evidence of any direct actions taken by the city of Goyang, such as recorded information relating to inspections, monitoring and actual enforcement action taken against violators, in relation to dog meat farming, slaughterhouses and businesses selling dog meat and dog meat products (such as dog elixir and dog soju); and
it fails to show what actions the city of Goyang is taking to support the proposed legislation that will help end the dog and cat meat trade.
Response from city of Goyang in Korean:
[주관부서] : 농업기술센터 농산유통과 [답변일자] : 2019-04-30 09:04:54 [작성자] : 김동환 [전화번호] : 031-8075-4604 [이메일] : email@example.com [답변내용] : 1. 귀하의 가정에 항상 행복과 기쁨이 가득하시기를 기원합니다. 2. 귀하께서 한국 개고기 문화에 대해 문의하신 것으로 사료되며, 식문화는 법으로 통제하기 어려운데 그동안 동물보호에 대한 인식이 변하고 있고 지속적으로 법률이 정비되고 있으며 우리시도 동물보호법 상 동물학대자에게는 행정처분 등의 조치를 적극하여 동물보호를 하도록 하겠습니다. 3. 소중한 의견을 주신 것에 깊은 감사드리며, 그 밖의 궁금한 사항은 농산유통과(☎031-8075-4604)로 문의하시면 성심껏 답변 드리겠습니다. 끝.